By Jaroslav Průšek (auth.)

The reports contained during this quantity arose over the past thirty years. initially the variety of the fabrics I meant to incorporate in my choice used to be greatly wider. Publishing problems, notwithstanding, have obliged me to curtail them to anything lower than part the deliberate content material. at the beginning I meant to incorporate all of the reviews I intended will be of curiosity to readers and signify contributi­ ons nonetheless of a few importance for study during this area of Oriental scholarship. while the need arose to restrict the contents I gave choice to the perspective of thematic completeness instead of to what will be of curiosity to the final reader. hence during this quantity i've got restrained myself to 2 them­ atic fields only-Old chinese language literature and stories facing mediaeval storytellers' productions-hua-pen. i've got excluded the total advanced of old stories and all reviews with regards to the hot literature. i'm now getting ready, at the valuable historic subject matter on which i used to be engaged already within the interval of my experiences in Prague less than Prof. J. Bidlo, after which in 1928 until 1930, with Prof. B. Karlgren in Sweden and Prof. G. Haloun in Halle, in Germany, a extra compendious research within which i am hoping to sum up the result of my study, and that i additionally intend to post a quantity of chosen stories facing the hot chinese language literature at a few later date.

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122. Chen Shih-hsiang, "An Innovation in Chinese Biographical Writing," FEQ. XIII (Nov. 1953), pp. 49-62. 33 what I have said and speculations about the basically different metaphysical conceptions of the individual in China and Greece, possibly in the West as a whole, I want at least to mention the way to finding the solution. It was Marx who opened our eyes to the importance of the remnants of primitive communities in the Oriental despotisms and showed that the ruler's power there depended on the village communities, that survived until most recent times in t4e East.

Annoying for the reader is the large number of misprints marring the text. 48 L'ART DE LA GUERRE 4 DE SUN - TZU* On est, en general, fort mal renseigne sur l'Art de la Guerre, Ping-fa (1) et son auteur. l Le chapitre 65 contient les biographies de plusieurs capitaines renommes, dont Ie plus celebre est Sun Wu (2), auteur presume du fameux livre connu en Chine sous Ie simple titre de Sun-tzu - "Maitre Sun". Szii-ma Ch'ien lui-meme ne parait renseigne sur Ie personnage de Maitre Sun. II se borne a rappeler que celui-ci naquit dans Ie royaume de Ch'i (Ie Shan-tung actuel), que son nom de famille etait Sun et son prenom Wu.

6a; cf Wilhelm p. 72) that the music of the West was composed by Yin Cheng-chia (41), better known under the name Ho-tan-chia (42). The LU-shih says of him that he moved to Hsi-ho (43), literally; "the Western river" and, being homesick for his old home, composed the Western music. We have, however, five old quotations from the Ohu-shu, all of which state that Emperor Chin-whose personal name was Yinchia (44) -after his accession moved to Rsi-ho. Thus, in this case it would seem that the Ohu-shu, text is authentic and that the Lu-shih version represents another variant of the legend (these variants being due to the confusion of the two names, Yin Cheng-chia and Yin -chia).

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